Hello, friends! I can’t believe Christmas Eve is in one week – this year has flown by! Today, I have a special guest post for you all. One of the things I love about blogging is the opportunity to connect with others from all over the world. Brady over at Elite Happiness reached out and wanted to create a guest post on staying motivated to pursue your passions and I thought it would be the perfect addition to my blog as we gear up our 2019 goals. Check it out!

Deep inside every person is the desire for something great, a longing to accomplish a mission that is greater than ourselves. Sometimes, this desire burns strong; putting in hours after work on a dream project, saving precious money to go towards your goals, and burning the midnight oilall seem easy and worth it.

But occasionally, this isn’t the case. More often we find ourselves with big dreams and little actions. Big hopes to impact the world turns into late night binge-watching Netflix (we’ve all been there!). So when the desire isn’t strong, how do we go about staying motivated to pursue our passions?

Surround Yourself With People Who Inspire You

Research gives us reasons why we should hang out with people who inspire us to be more. Studies show that for better or worse, we are often very similar to our group of friends. So surround yourself with people who inspire & challenge you, and even science thinks you’ll be that much closer to achieving your dreams.

But what do we do if we don’t have good friends to surround ourselves with?

In that case, I recommend you surround yourself with the experts. If you read what successful people write about how to live a better life, then you’re already that much closer to mimicking their success.

Remember What You’re Reaching Towards

One way to ensure that you’re geared up and ready for adversity is to constantly remind yourself what it is that you are reaching towards and fighting for.

The easiest and best way to do this is to write it down, stick it somewhere you’ll remember it, and take a small step each day to ensure that it happens. If you really want to get serious about your goals, try to get an accountability partner in a close friend.

Studies show that when we write down their goals and make a specific plan to achieve them, we’re much more likely to actually do what we say we’re going to do.

Don’t be afraid to imagine the end reward in your mind. Feel what it would be like to achieve your goal(s). Experience the freedom you would feel, the sense of accomplishment,and use this motivation to continually spur you to achieve new things.

Listen To Yourself

If you’ve ever heard that little voice in your head, you’ve experienced what psychologists call “self-talk”. Self-talk is what we say to ourselves when situations are going on and this continuous self-talk builds the narrative of our lives.

Self-talk is so powerful that when Navy SEAL candidates were taught to make their self talk positive, their graduation rate increased from 25% to 33%.

Even though it is beneficial to have negative visualization of the future, only positive self-talk in the present helps us to be who we need to be. To make sure that your self-talk is optimizing your motivation, take some time to listen to yourself. Hear whether or not you are positive or negative in your self-talk because our self-talk both reflects and reinforces what we believe.

And if you are talking negatively to yourself, you are believing negatively about yourself. To get and stay motivated, turn your self-talk into a continual stream of encouragement.

When you surround yourself with those who inspire you, plan for the future and encourage yourself in the present, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving your dreams.

Motivation doesn’t have to be something that comes and goes as it pleases; it can be something that you cultivate in your life every day. It simply starts with making a few small decisions for the better.